Gov. Reynolds orders flags to half-staff Friday for Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony

A flag flies at half-staff.
A flag flies at half-staff.(MGN / Credit: Mark Buckawicki)
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 10:20 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff on Friday for the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony.

Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith and Trooper Ted Benda will be honored during the ceremony.

Sergeant Smith was shot and killed in the line of duty during a standoff with a suspect in Grundy Center in April 2021.

Trooper Benda died in a crash while responding to a call in Clayton County in October 2021.

“These two officers gave their lives in one of the noblest causes there is – one defined by an unrelenting determination to put others above self,” Gov. Reynolds said in a press release. “Iowa will remember their service and sacrifice with enduring gratitude. While our state continues to grieve the loss of such wonderful men – devoted husbands, fathers, and members of their communities – we also take intense pride in the selfless heroism they both displayed in roles.”

Flags will be at half-staff at the State Capitol Building and at all public buildings, grounds and facilities across the state.

State officials encourage all Iowans, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions to also fly flags at half-staff Friday as a sign of respect.

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